Updated on July 11th, 2022
AD – Sponsored | With Denmark slowly returning back to normal, I wanted to reflect on how the last year and a half has been in regards to my blogging journey.
To Quit or Continue?
Back in March 2020 when Denmark first went into lockdown, I thought about quitting blogging indefinitely. I was unsure if it was appropriate to continue publishing posts as normal and if I did continue, I was unsure if anyone would even read them. I talked to other bloggers on Twitter to see what they were doing, and some were continuing as normal while others were taking a break. I received a lot of good advice including that many people would continue to read blogs as a distraction from the news and also blogging is a good distraction for me. After this conservation, I decided to continue blogging as I hoped my blog could be a distraction for others if they wanted a break from everything going on.
Took Long + Shorter Breaks
After writing 5 posts I had planned for March and April 2020, I found it difficult to have the motivation to keep up with blogging and I ended up taking a month-long break. The break was definitely needed, and since then I have been posting once a week, but I have taken a week break here and there when life has gotten too busy and stressful. I learned that it is okay to take breaks from my blog, and I do not have to be constantly writing a new post or promoting my older posts.
Content Became More Broad
I would consider myself a lifestyle blogger because I do blog about a range of topics, but before 2020, I mainly wrote about beauty and books. I know the pandemic has affected many bloggers’ content, especially for travel bloggers, but my content has more or less stayed the same, but I have expanded the topics that I write about. Since then, I have written quite a few posts on what I have been doing while home, lockdown activities, Netflix, gaming, recipes, and long-distance relationships along with my usual makeup looks and book reviews. I enjoy not restricting myself to certain topics and writing about whatever I want to, and I will continue having broader content in the future.
More Brand Collaborations
Before 2020, I had the opportunity to write a sponsored or gifted post every now and then, but the number of opportunities has surprisingly increased for me. There was a period when everyone was going into lockdown and the blogging community was adjusting, but from May 2020 I have been consistently writing brand collab posts. August was a surprisingly busy month as well as November with the lead-up to Christmas. This month is going to be busy as well as I have 3 sponsored posts planned including this one. It is reassuring to know that brands are still looking for influencers to work with.
Blogging Community has Grown Closer
One thing I have noticed is that it seems the blogging community has grown closer during the past year and a half. We are all going through the same thing, and we have grown more supportive of each other. Whether it is commenting and sharing each other’s posts or doing collabs together. I have also opened up my blog to guest posts, which is not something I have done until last December (if you would like to guest post on my blog, just let me know). I love being a part of the blogging community and seeing us come together.